Student Athletic Handbook












Interscholastic Athletics

Handbook for Student Athletes, Parents and Guardians


Dear Student Athletes and Parents/Guardians,


Welcome to the Pavilion Central School Interscholastic Athletic Program.  This handbook has been prepared to be used as a reference by our student athletes and their parent/guardians in an effort to define responsibilities as they pertain to participation in the interscholastic athletic program.


The Pavilion Central School District believes that participation in athletic programs provides many opportunities for personal growth, character building, and to learn the ideals of sportsmanship. Athletics provide many opportunities to learn and enhance life long skills that may not be available in the classroom setting. Participation in athletics is a privilege and an honor. It is our goal to provide experiences that promote team and individual growth in a safe and healthy environment.


A well-organized athletic program assists students with time management, self discipline and organizational skills, as well as the tools necessary for being part of a successful team.  This handbook will acquaint you with some of the specific policies and procedures that are necessary for a well organized and successful athletic program.  It is the responsibility of the Pavilion Central School Athletic Department to establish and implement rules that govern the safety and spirit of competition for the school and the community.


The Pavilion Central School interscholastic athletic program is governed by the regulations of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.  In addition, Pavilion is a member of Section V and the Livingston Conference Athletic Association.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions/ concerns regarding the Pavilion Central Golden Gopher Athletic Program. I look forward to working with you in the upcoming school year.




Jim Sattora

Athletic Director

584-3115 Ext. 1009

Golden Gophers’ Athletic Code


v Golden Gophers are educated about the rules and consequences of      being an athlete. They are role models who will support fair and just competitions

v Golden Gopher athletes are respectful of teammates, coaches, officials, and spectators. They humbly accept their need for the support of others.

v Golden Gopher athletes are prepared, mentally and physically, for every contest. They do not make excuses for their performance.

v Golden Gopher athletes are gracious, both in victory and defeat. They recognize that every opportunity is a chance to improve.

v Golden Gopher athletes, on the field and off, conduct themselves with dignity, honor, and pride.


NYSPHSAA Code of Ethics


1.                To emphasize the proper ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.

2.                To eliminate all possibilities which tend to destroy the best values of the game.

3.                To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.

4.                To show cordial courtesy to visiting teams and officials

5.                To establish a happy relationship between visitors and hosts.

6.                To respect the integrity and judgment of the sports officials

7.                To achieve a thorough understanding and acceptance of the rules of the game and the standards of eligibility.

8.                To encourage leadership, use initiative and good judgment by players on the team.

9.                To recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social, and emotional well being of individual players.

10.           To remember that an athletic contest is only a game, not a matter of life and death for player, coach, school, fan, community, state, or nation.

Pavilion Central School Philosophy for Athletics


The Pavilion Central School District believes that:


·       The experience of participation in athletic contests and activities should reflect the total educational goals of the district.


·       Athletics is an integral part of the school setting and a focal point for building student and community involvement and support.


·       Athletic competition provides opportunities for students to grow physically, intellectually, and socially.


·       The teaching of basic fundamentals, rules, strategies, and conditioning, as well as the fostering of a healthy attitude toward competition, are primary and essential goals of the athletic program.


·       The athletic program is committed to the ideals of sportsmanship.  Students who learn to value and practice sportsmanlike behavior are developing the characteristics of good citizenship.


Philosophy by Sport Level



This program is available to all students in grades 7 and 8.  At this introductory level the focus is on learning the fundamentals of the game, athletic skills, rules, and team play.  An emphasis is placed on academics, team play, sportsmanship, chemical free lifestyle, emotional growth, along with commitment and dedication.  Winning is not emphasized and maximum participation for each team member is desired.  Playing time will be directly linked to practice time and behavior in practice and /or school.


Junior Varsity

At the junior varsity level of competition, there is an increased emphasis placed upon team play, physical conditioning, and refinement of basic skills. Academics, team play, sportsmanship, chemical free lifestyle, emotional growth, commitment, and dedication continue to be emphasized. Community service is also emphasized at this level. The emphasis on winning increases and participants should be taught how to cope with game situations and how to win and lose graciously.  An attempt will be made to play all participants. It should be recognized that not all members of the team will receive equal playing time.



The varsity level of competition is the culmination of the high school athletic program. Team play, sportsmanship, individual athletic ability, motivation, and mental attitude are very important aspects of competition at this level. The team definitely plays to win the contest but varsity contestants should accept the fact that important lessons can be learned from losing. There continues to be a very strong emphasis on academics, sportsmanship, chemical free lifestyle, emotional growth, commitment, dedication and community service. 


It is recognized that not all participants may play in every contest. The value of the individual athlete, while worthwhile, is always considered less important than the value of the overall team. Athletes, coaches, and parents/guardians are expected to demonstrate their understanding of this concept by dedication and allegiance to the team and to its established goals.



Playing Time Philosophy


An often controversial issue in athletics is the amount of time that each athlete is allowed to participate in a contest. Not all athletes possess the same skills, desire and potential for success. Many factors determine the amount of playing time that an athlete gets during a contest.  Some factors include (but are not limited to):


1.    Skill as demonstrated in practice

2.    Understanding of concepts, rules and strategies as demonstrated in practice

3.    Practice attendance

4.    Hustle during practice

5.    Attitude as demonstrated during practice and contests

6.    Physical condition

7.    The quality of other players at that position

8.    The athlete’s ability to contribute to team success

9.    The score of the game and the time remaining





Our Goal:

Pavilion Central School will offer students athletic competition in a variety of sports with quality and competent coaches.  It is recognized that a well organized and well conducted athletic program is a potent factor in the morale of the student body and an important part of good community relations.



Specific Objectives:

1.                To encourage and support each student in academics and athletics

2.                To educate the student body in the appreciation of sports and activities and to enjoy them from the point of view of good sportsmanship.

3.                To serve as a focal point for the morale, spirit and loyalty of students by providing a common meeting ground and enthusiasm, which is shared by all.

4.                To allow for the development of physical growth, mental alertness and emotional stability for all those who participate in athletics.

5.                To learn to develop through hard work and dedication a feeling of self confidence and self esteem in all participants.





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Athletic Rules & Regulations



The purpose of these rules is to help an interscholastic athletic participant become a better citizen by seeking to demonstrate proper behavior and a good attitude at all times. These rules and regulations are designed to instill pride, discipline, and team spirit in the student athlete to enable him/her to achieve maximum physical and/or mental performance in athletics. Each athlete is required to make a commitment to the community, school, team, coach and him/herself by adhering to the established rules and regulations. This is a condition that must be fulfilled for satisfactory participation in any sport. Obeying the rules is a matter of honor to each individual who makes this commitment. Enforcement of the rules and adjudication of any violations is the responsibility of each coach and the Athletic Director.


Responsibilities and Expectations for Student Athletes


Being a member of a Pavilion Central School athletic team is a privilege and an honor. A great athletic tradition has been developed by the hard work of many people over the years. As a member of an athletic team at Pavilion you have inherited a great tradition. Your actions will reflect not only on you and your team, but also on those who have contributed so much in the past. A challenge is set for you to work hard and to make sure that your actions reflect the standards that have been set by the district and the athletic department.


In today’s society you will be confronted with many choices. You will be asked to make sacrifices that will benefit yourself, your team, and your school. You will need to say “no” in many instances, even to your friends. In the long run, you and your family will be proud of these choices and sacrifices; and so will your school. The highs and lows of athletic competition are achieved through hard work, dedication and discipline and are rewarded with the development of fond memories and achievements. Younger students will look up to you and it is your responsibility to set a good example for them. They will need guidance and attention, so we ask that you always take time to encourage them toward good choices whenever possible.



·       Arrive timely and prepared to all practices and games

·       Treat all others with dignity and respect

·       Maintain an exemplary level of sportsmanship on and off the field.

·       All student athletes are encouraged to excel academically

·       The Athletic Department will recognize athletic teams who earn scholar athlete status as determined by NYSPHSAA

·       When attending athletic competitions at other districts of facilities, athletes will:

·       Stay with the team and show support to their fellow athletes

·       Obey the rules of the school or facility they are visiting

·       Show respect for the host facilities


Athletic Placement Process

The Athletic Placement Process is to enable athletes to participate in sports at a level of competition, other than grade appropriate, who are physically, emotionally, socially and academically ready, as well as exceptionally skilled in their sport. To view the complete guidelines for the process, go to: Athletic Placement Process



Transportation Procedures

Student athletes are expected to ride to and from all away contests on school transportation.  Many times for away contests, the only team time available is during the ride to and from the opposing school sites and team time should be recognized as an integral part of the overall program. Also, the members of a team are strongly urged to support their teammates during a competition by remaining at the event until the conclusion.



A student athlete may ride home with a parent/guardian, grandmother, grandfather or adult brother or sister (over 18 and out of high school). Other relatives may sign a student out, but the coach must be notified and have given approval prior to the event.  Student athletes will not be allowed to ride home with another student.



Chain of Communication

Occasionally during the course of an athletic career in our school, student athletes and parents/guardians may have questions or concerns that need to be addressed. The team coach is the best source of information. Student athletes and their parent/guardian should address questions or concerns directly to the team coach.  If after speaking with the coach, questions or concerns still exist, the next step would be for the student athlete or parent/guardian to communicate with the Athletic Director. A meeting with the team coach and Athletic Director will be scheduled.



Junior Varsity Athlete Promotion

The Varsity Head Coach and the Athletic Director must concur that it is appropriate to promote a Junior Varsity player before a member of a Junior Varsity team is promoted to the Varsity level. If they cannot agree, the High School Principal will be the deciding vote. Student-athletes being considered for promotion must meet appropriate academic, behavioral and attendance standards at Pavilion Junior-Senior High School as confirmed by the Athletic Director.



Statement of Purpose:  We believe that the philosophy of Pavilion Central School should reflect an emphasis on academics as our #1 priority. Students who do not meet designated academic standards should therefore not be eligible to participate in extracurricular activities until a satisfactory level of performance is met in the academics.

Extracurricular: Extracurricular activities include all non-credit bearing activities (interscholastic and intramural), the school play, marching band, and all other school sponsored groups. Eligibility for class functions/activities are subject to grade level policies, guidelines, and class contracts when applicable. This also includes the use of the weight room and fitness center.



1.                 The eligibility standards will apply to all students in grades 7-12.

2.                 A failing-grade list will be issued at the end of each 5 week marking period.

3.                 Eligibility or ineligibility will commence on the date stated on the Failing Grade List/Ineligible List.

4.                 Incompletes will be designated as failing grades until rectified.

5.                 Students who are failing two or more classes will be designated as Ineligible. The following guidelines will be put into place for students who are ineligible in order for them to continue to attend their extra-curricular activity:

A.    Student must attend the ASAC Monday-Thursday until 3:15pm.

B.   Student may practice and travel with the team/activity.

C.   Student will not be allowed to play in any games/performances until they return to eligible status.

6.                 Students can return to eligibility after a two week period by completing the proper paper work (purple sheet) through guidance. Students may participate in games/performances once they regain eligibility.





School attendance is essential for students to be successful both in school and their extracurricular activities.  Therefore a student will not be allowed to participate in that day’s practice/game/event if he or she:

1.  Is absent all day from school (with the exception of verified full day medical appointments-verified means a note from doctor or follow up call by school nurse to the doctor).

2.  Comes to school after 8:30 a.m.

3.  Leaves school during the day (with exception of verified medical appointments or permission of an administrator). Extenuating circumstances will be considered with prior notification of school administration.

4.  Leaves school due to illness during the school day.

If the student violates the above attendance policy on a Friday, he/she may not participate until the next day of school attendance or with the permission of his/her physician. If the violation occurs prior to a vacation period he/she may not participate until he/she has been in attendance at a game/practice and not participated in that game/practice (whichever comes first), or with the permission of his/her physician.  If a student is in school, but does not participate in Physical Education class, (s)he is ineligible to participate in that day’s practice/game/event.  Any extenuating circumstances must be approved in advance by the High School Principal or his/her designee.





Please note that if a student athlete is assigned a detention or an extended detention through the High School Office, they will not be eligible to practice or compete until that detention is served.





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For a complete list of guidelines in regards to student discipline and participation in extra-curricular activities, please go to: Extra-Curricular Policy.


Substance Abuse for Athletes and Extracurricular Participants





A student will not manufacture, distribute, possess, procure, or use illegal drugs or controlled substances, alcohol, or tobacco products, or possess paraphernalia.  (Possession means having physical possession, or otherwise to exercise dominance or control over tangible property in accordance with New York State Penal Law.)  A student will also be considered in violation of this rule if he/she attends a party where illegal drugs, controlled substances or alcohol is present unless the student does not participate in these activities and leaves the party within a reasonable amount of time after learning that illegal drugs, controlled substances or alcohol is present.

A reasonable amount of time is defined as 15 minutes.  Students are encouraged to contact a coach or administrator to establish their role in connection with the event.  The purpose of the call is to protect students who have made the right choice from future allegations regarding the specific event.




In addition to drugs and alcohol/possession or use of illegal substances, any student who is convicted of a crime of any kind and/or engages in an activity that results in a legal action, including, but not limited to, violation of another student’s civil rights, harassment, and threats or acts of violence, will be considered in violation of Article F. Student activity that falls under this category will follow the same investigation, communication and consequence process as Article E. This process is outlined below.  





A.   Any student, parent, coach, school employee, school administrator, and/or community member may choose to report a violation of the extracurricular policy in writing to (anonymous reports will not be deemed valid reports of a violation of the extracurricular policy):


1.  Building principals

2.  Athletic director

3.  Teachers

4.  Coaches

5.  Counselors


B. The written report should be supported by one or more of the following

          1.     Personal knowledge

          2      Law enforcement report

          3.     Newspaper report of the violation and/or

4.     Other documentation such as photographs, or downloads of on-line or web-based postings with verification of the source, the date of the violation and the name of the individual who created that documentation.


Reported violations concerning students must be forwarded to the building principal and/or the Athletic Director immediately. 

1.  The posting of any words or pictures on the internet that resemble or provide an admission to tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drug use by students may be constituted as a violation of this policy.  This includes, but is not limited to, postings on social networking sites and others in which students admit that they used any of these substances.

2.  Honesty Provision:  Any student who freely admits to a first-time violation or admits to a violation upon the first time questioned by administration, the athletic director, or the coach/advisor could have their suspension reduced.  All other provisions for a first time offense will apply.

3.  Self-Referral:  If a student seeks assistance, the coach and athletic director will assist the student in obtaining the professional help they need.  Self-referral shall be viewed as a non-punitive offense.  Confidentiality will be maintained unless the situation is life threatening.  Self-referral cannot be used by the student to avoid the penalties of the Extracurricular Policy.

4.  If the district obtains knowledge of the conviction of a student in a court of law for an offense under Article E and/or F, the investigation procedure will apply with this conviction constituting a violation of these eligibility rules. 



After being notified of a possible violation of Article E or F of the Extracurricular Policy school administration will begin investigating the possible violation following the Procedures outlined below.


A.  Upon receiving a report of a possible violation of Article E or F, school administration will interview the individual(s) who reported the violation if possible.  If there are outside sources which indicate a violation has taken place, such as a website, newspaper article, or photographs school administration will examine those sources, as well.

B.   If there is reason to believe a violation has taken place the student(s) in question will be interviewed in an effort to confirm or refute the allegations.

C.   There will be parental notification that an investigation is taking place.  Parents will be notified in a timely manner and if school administration is unable to provide verbal notice that an investigation is taking place a written notice will be sent to the parent/guardian.  This notification will include the reasons for the investigation and the possibility of suspension or removal from the extracurricular activities.

D.  The activity advisor and/or coach shall also be informed in a timely manner that a possible violation of the Extracurricular Policy has taken place.

E.   School administration will further investigate through interviews with those who may be aware of violations first-hand, those who may have limited knowledge of the violations, or those who may be involved with such violations.

F.    Procedures A-E above must be implemented in a timely manner; however, the order of these procedures may vary depending on the circumstances and the availability of the family, witnesses, and other individuals with knowledge of the possible violation.

G.  If there is evidence of a violation, the appropriate consequences, outlined in section 1. below (RESPONSES TO VIOLATIONS OF ARTICLE E) will be applied.

H.  Once a student has been found in violation of this Policy and has been reinstated to extracurricular activities the circumstances relating to any and all subsequent violations must occur after the date of initial suspension from Extracurricular Activities.

I.      Any student who violates the extracurricular policy and, therefore, becomes ineligible, will be permitted to try-out for activities and sports.  The student will have the opportunity to try-out with the other students for a period not to exceed 5 days. Days spent trying out will be added on to the end of the ineligibility period.





A.  First Violation

Upon determination of a first violation of Article E or F, the student shall be removed from participation in any and all extracurricular activities for the period of four (4) weeks.  The student will be reinstated after a two (2) week dismissal if the student provides documentation/verification of attendance at three (3) voluntary sessions in a substance abuse prevention education program.  The program must be approved by the superintendent or designee.  Any student in violation of Article E or F will miss a minimum of 10% of games/events even if the suspension is already completed at the time of these events.

B.   Second Violation

Upon determination of a second violation of Article E or F, the student shall be removed from participation in any and all extracurricular activities for a period of 5 school months, regardless of the season the violation incurred.  The student will be reinstated after a four (4) week dismissal if the student provides documentation/verification of attendance at three (3) voluntary sessions in a substance abuse prevention education program.  The program must be approved by the superintendent or designee. Any student in violation of Article E or F will miss a minimum of 10% of games/events even if the suspension is already completed at the time of these events.

C.   Third Violation

Upon determination of any subsequent violations of Article E or F the student shall be removed from participation in all extracurricular activities for 10 school months, regardless of the season the violation was incurred.  The suspension will run consecutively into the next school year if necessary.  The student will be reinstated after 5 months if the student provides documentation of successfully completing an evaluation and treatment recommendation from an alcohol and substance abuse treatment facility approved by the superintendent or designee. Any student in violation of Article E or F will miss a minimum of 10% of games/events even if the suspension is already completed at the time of these events.

The Superintendent or Designee reserves the right to a more severe penalty based on unusual and/or extraordinary circumstances and severity of the violation.


Pavilion Central School Sportsmanship Policy


The Pavilion Central School Interscholastic Athletic Program is committed to promoting the proper ideals of sportsmanship, including ethical conduct, fair play, integrity and respect for one’s self and others.  In order to ensure the well being of all individuals we will expect a high standard of good citizenship with proper regard for the rights of others.

Conduct which is detrimental to the educational value of athletics may be deemed just cause of the school to take disciplinary action, including

but not limited to, a reprimand, probation or suspension from athletic participation or attendance.


Behavior/Ethics Expectations for Parents/Guardians and Spectators


It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian and spectator to:

1.  Keep cheering positive.  Avoid profanity and degrading language or gestures which are detrimental to good sportsmanship.

2.  Avoid actions which offend visiting teams or individual players.

3.  Show appreciation of good play by both teams.

4.  Learn the rules of the game in order to appreciate why certain situations take place.

5.  Respect the judgment and strategy of the coach – refrain from being a second-guesser.

6.  Respect, cooperate and respond positively to cheerleaders.

7.  Respect the integrity and judgment of the officials.

8.  Encourage other spectators to participate in the spirit of good sportsmanship.







Behavior/Ethics Expectations for Student Athletes


It is the responsibility of the student athlete to:


1.  Demonstrate self-control and respect for others at all times, including other athletes, officials, coaches and spectators.

2.  Respect your opponent on and off the contest site.  Wish opponents good luck before the game and congratulate them afterward in a sincere manner following victory or defeat.

3.  Respect the judgment of the officials and their interpretation of the rules.

4.  Follow the rules of the game.

5.  Learn the rules and strategies of your game thoroughly and discuss them with parents and friends so they can better understand the game.

6.  Accept both victory and defeat with price and composure – never be boastful or bitter.

7.  Accept the responsibility and privilege of representing the school and community.  Remember that improper behavior which in uniform reflects poorly on yourself, your family, your school and your community.


Behavior/Ethics Expectations for Coaches


It is the responsibility of the coach to:


1.  Promote good sportsmanship by setting a positive example for players and spectators.

2.  Instruct the players in the elements of good sportsmanship.  Reward players for demonstrations of good sportsmanship and discipline players who display unsportsmanlike-like behavior.

3.  Respect the integrity and personality of the individual athlete.

4.  Respect the integrity and judgment of the officials.

5.  Abide by and teach the rules of the game in letter and in spirit.

6.  Refrain from the use of crude or abusive language with players, opponents, officials or spectators.

7.  Display modesty in victory and graciousness in defeat.  Avoid negative comments to the media.


Section V/Pavilion Central School Disqualification Standard


Sportsmanship is an integral and vital part of any interscholastic athletic program.  The National Federation of High School Athletics, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Section V and the Livingston Conference Athletic Association have targeted the area of SPORTSMANSHIP for major emphasis.  The following standard has been implemented to ensure the development of and understanding of the importance of proper sportsmanship and fair play.  This standard applies to all regular season play, as well as to all post-season play.


Any Pavilion student-athlete or coach who is ejected/disqualified from a contest will automatically be suspended for one additional contest.  The contest will be the next scheduled contest and may be carried over into the next sport season.  A conference between the player or coach and the Athletic Director will take place before eligibility is restored.



Section V Code of Behavior for Spectators



At some athletic contests spectator behavior has not always been sportsmanlike; therefore, Section V has outlined specific expectations for spectators during athletic events.  The Pavilion Central School District insists that during PCS events, spectators follow these guidelines. Failure to do so could result in a spectator being told to leave the premises.


1.                Spectators are an important part of the contest and are expected to conform to accepted standards of good sportsmanship and behavior.


2.                Spectators should at all times respect officials, visiting coaches, and athlete guests and extend all courtesies to them.


a.                 Enthusiastic cheering for one’s own team is encouraged.

b.                Booing, whistling, stamping of the feet and disrespectful remarks will not be allowed.

c.                 There will be no ringing of bells, sounding of horns or other noisemakers at indoor contests during play.

d.                The throwing of debris, confetti or other objects from the stands is prohibited.  Offending individuals will be asked to leave the premises.

e.                 During a free throw in basketball all courtesies should be extended.

f.                  Spectators will respect and obey all school officials and supervisors at athletic contests


3.                Taunting and Hate speech will not be tolerated. This is being targeted by Section V Athletics.


Hate Speech is provocative speech used to denigrate a legally protected class or group of citizens defined by legislation. These protected groups can include gender, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, and sometimes age and social economic status. Under some legal codes, hate speech can be considered a hate crime.


Taunting includes, but is not limited to, any actions or comments by coaches or players which are intended to bait, anger, embarrass, ridicule, or demean other players, coaches, or game officials. Included in this conduct that berates, needles, intimidates or threatens based on gender, ethnic origin or background and conduct that attacks religious beliefs, size, economic status, speech, family, special needs, or personal matters. Examples of taunting that would lead to ejection include, but are not limited to, physical and verbal intimidation outside the spirit of the game (trash talk), reference to sexual orientation, “in-the-face confrontation” by one player to another, or standing over, straddling a tackled or fallen player.


4.                Pep bands or school bands, under the supervision of school personnel may play during time outs, between periods or at halftime.  Bands must coordinate their play so as not to interfere with a cheerleading squad on the floor or field.


5.                Spectators will observe all applicable rules of the PCS District











Students who learn to value and practice

sportsmanlike behavior are developing the

characteristics of good citizenship.

Honesty, generosity, self-discipline,

a sincere concern for others,

ethical behavior and a commitment to fair play

are all demonstrated in sportsmanship.